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Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

Sun, 2014-01-12 13:00

Ryan Bell was asked to step down from his Seventh-day Adventist congregation in March, after questioning his faith. For his New Year's resolution, Bell has decided to "try on" atheism and put his role as a religious leader — and follower — on hold.

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Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans?

Sun, 2014-01-12 12:08

The organization has unveiled its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards, established to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Some nominees are white, others of South-Asian or Latino heritage. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if that changes the meaning of the ceremony.

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The U.N. Has Stopped Counting, But Syrians Keep Dying

Sun, 2014-01-12 12:07

The Syrian death toll has passed 100,000 but it's become too difficult to accurately keep track of all the killings, according to the United Nations. Here's the story of one recent death: a nurse who had helped establish a makeshift clinic in one of Syria's most contested cities.

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The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

Sun, 2014-01-12 11:17

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.

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Pope Francis Names 19 New Cardinals, None From The U.S.

Sun, 2014-01-12 11:13

Francis elevated archbishops from the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Chile and Haiti. They are in keeping with his message of ministering to the poor.

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Iran, World Powers Will Begin Implementing Interim Nuclear Agreement

Sun, 2014-01-12 09:30

Beginning Jan. 20, Iran will begin eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium. In exchange, the U.S. and its partners will ease some sanctions on Iran.

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French First Lady In Hospital, Following Reports Of Hollande Affair

Sun, 2014-01-12 09:16

One observer calls the episode a "very British scandal about a very French affair." French laws and culture make publishing stories about affairs rare.

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Nation's New Mayors Revive Big City Liberalism

Sun, 2014-01-12 08:00

New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.

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Chemical In West Va. Water More Diluted, But Still Unsafe

Sun, 2014-01-12 07:59

Authorities said the numbers are moving in the right direction, but they're still days away from giving an all-clear.

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Four Years After Earthquake, Many In Haiti Remain Displaced

Sun, 2014-01-12 07:53

Four years ago, an earthquake heavily damaged Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000 people. Many areas of the Haitian capital now look much like they did before the 7.0-magnitude quake. But nearly 150,000 are still living in temporary structures.

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The Struggle Against A Newly Resurgent Al-Qaida

Sun, 2014-01-12 06:15

Sunni leaders in Iraq are trying to retake control of two important cities in Anbar province. That's raising fears in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida operatives still reside near the border with Pakistan. The Washington Post's David Ignatius talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the rise of al-Qaida-affiliated groups and America's relations with Afghanistan.

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Sam Berns, Teen Known For His Fight Against 'Aging Disease,' Dies

Sun, 2014-01-12 06:14

Berns was the star of a popular documentary on progeria, a disease that accelerates aging. His parents, spurred by Sam's own illness, were instrumental in the discovery of the first drug to treat the disease.

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Israelis Pay Respects To Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:02

Sharon's casket was lying in state outside the Knesset on Sunday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sharon was "one of the greatest military leaders."

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The Brawl Over Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

The new Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were announced this week — and it's not just who got in and who didn't that's causing a stir; the voting itself has people talking. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about that and the reduction of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's suspension.

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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.

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New Constitution Is A Sign Of Tunisia's Optimism

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Tunisian lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a new constitution later this week. Political wrangling over the document has long delayed the ratification process, but if the constitution gains final approval on Tuesday, as planned, it will set the stage for a new round of parliamentary elections.

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Ariel Sharon Was Part Of Israel's Tragedy And Solution

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday. He was a soldier-turned-politician who believed in hardline military solutions but also looked beyond force to try to bring peace in Israel. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ari Shavit of The Haaretz newspaper about what Sharon meant for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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New Tax Can't Keep Greeks From Smoking

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

More than 40 percent of Greeks over 15 smoke, among the highest percentages in the world. Three years ago, the government banned smoking indoors in bars, restaurants and cafes — but the ban has never been enforced.

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Neiman Marcus Credit Card Breach Heightens Consumer Concerns

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Upscale department store Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer to disclose data security breaches. The disclosure comes just a day after Target issued another apology for a data breach that occurred during the holiday season. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Krebs, who broke both stories on his blog, KrebsOnSecurity.

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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

Sun, 2014-01-12 02:22

From Connecticut to Minnesota to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to produce food inside prison walls. A new video provides a glimpse of one of these projects, a vegetable garden inside San Quentin State prison outside of San Francisco.

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